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The symbol shows the location of the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter which serves 620,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rowridge transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C27 (522.0MHz)
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C21+ (474.2MHz)
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C25 (506.0MHz)
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -6dB
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C22+ (482.2MHz)
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -6dB
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C28 (530.0MHz)
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C37 (602.0MHz)299mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Solent,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Rowridge transmitter?

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BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 26km north (354°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 24km north-northeast (20°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

Are there any self-help relays?

Portsmouth DocksTransposer2 km N city centre50 homes Estimate. Group of houses'

How will the Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
PSB1||, PSB1≡, PSB2||, PSB2≡, PSB3||, PSB3≡(-4dB) 200kW
COM4≡, COM4||, COM5≡, COM5||, COM6≡, COM6||(-10dB) 50kW
com7≡(-13.1dB) 24.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 20kW
com8≡(-14.3dB) 18.4kW
LSO≡(-17dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Rowridge was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Friday, 10 August 2012
12:53 AM

I have an aerial on the roof in a vertical setting.
Since the changeover I have had continuing reception problems.
Last two days and specifically today could not recieve BBC reception at all. Engineer checked signal strength two weeks ago which indicated strength was high and installed a reducer.
With or without the reducer still having problems.

Helpless and frustrated. Please help.

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Mark Fletcher

2:24 AM

Peterc.Waterlooville.What is the colour bung at the tips of your aerial (check during daylight hours) if i may ask ?
Is it a red tipped group A aerial or a black tipped group W wideband aerial ?
If it is a group W wideband aerial then from your abode to Rowridge (all group A mast) at more than 20-25 miles officially a poor reception area,you are using the wrong group aerial for this transmitter as group W wideband aerials are less sensitive to group A frequencies and on an all group A mast even less sensitive further still,performing poorly as a result which is why group W wideband aerials should never be used on an all group A transmitter in a poor reception/marginal reception area within its transmitting range.
Only group A aerials preferably should be used on an all group A mast,although group K aerials (grey coloured tips) can be used as a alternative except in marginal areas.

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3:34 PM

Peterc : Just out of curiosity, if you go into your TV's or boxes signal check menu whilst on BBC what do you see indicated as far as strength / quality is concerned? and if the quality is observed for a minute or so is it seen to suffer from rapid fluctuations? and if you have made this check whilst you were having problems then for comparison purposes repeat the test when you are not, giving an update on results.

Also can you receive ITV3 (10) - Pick TV (11) - or Yesterday (12) reasonably well? all three programmes mentioned being on three different mux transmitters and in the case of ITV3 with it being located on the very next mux channel to the BBC you specifically mention as having problems with, and so it wouldn't go amiss to carry out signal checks on these channels as well, as it gives an idea of whether your problem is one caused by the signal level received dropping too close to the cut off threshold, or that its due to interference from distant stations caused by the atmospheric conditions that might be prevailing at the time, the symptoms of this generally confined to affecting a particular channel rather than all of them.

The other point to remember being, that even although the aerial installer carried out an overall signal check that it only represents the findings at one point in time over a 24 hour period, and the result could well have been different if the same test had been carried out a few hours later, preferably towards evening.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 11 August 2012

2:18 PM


Hi, you may need to get another system test, but at a time which your having issues.

The system needs to have good quality signal which is actually more important than good strength.

If you have any further issues give me a call and I can provide a free system test and diagnosis.


Jamie Stevens
Jays Cabling Services.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Margaret Newman
8:38 PM

If the digital signal is supposed to provide a better service, why do I have problems with picture breaking up and channels intermittently missing since the change over. I live in the PO9 3QA area and out of sheet frustration have just purchased a Panasonic Viera with built in Freeview to no avail. The message comes up "bad signal" or sometimes "no signal. It is the same for my other digital TV which is connected to a different aerial. The TVS have been retuned but it makes no difference I resent the fact I am being pushed into purchasing an additional source such as Free Sat or Sky.I am on the IOW transmitter region

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9:21 PM

Margaret Newman: When you called an aerial man to check your aerial befor you went out and spent a lot of money on a new tv did he say you aerial was ok

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
10:01 PM

I live in the chichester area and I lose signal on RF channel 27 most evenings why is this? and is there any way to rectiffy this problem.

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Rob's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 22 August 2012

7:40 AM

Margaret Newman: And in addition to that said by Mazbar, I just had a check at DUK's trade predictions for reception from Rowridge in your area and which has to be said doesn't exactly inspire much confidence as far as reliability of reception is concerned, as the commercial stations (10:ITV3 / 11: Pick TV / 12: Yesterday etc) have the permanent status of variable and thats when received on Rowridges vertically polarised transmissions.

Have a look up at you new aerial to make sure that it has been installed vertically (elements pointing up / down) and NOT horizontally, also it wouldn't go amiss to check with some neighbours if they experience problems when on the "same channels" as you find problems with.

By the way, these Panasonic TV's have some of the best tuners around and can give reasonably glitch free reception in situations where some other well known brands would struggle, and so the TV can be left out of the equation.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

4:54 PM


Hi, there are many issues that could be contributing to the loss of signal on channel 27.

If you can access your aerial you should try and tilt the aerial so that the elements are virtical rather than horizontal.

Other than that only a system test will provide the answer to your problem.

If you require any assistance, I am a approved digital installer based in havant.

Jays Cabling Services

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Rina Miles
6:30 PM

For some time I have kept losing the service on BBC 1-4. It says 'no service' The only way I can get it back is by going to Ch 5 and then back. Recording is not affected. The TV shop says other people have the same problem and it's not my set or aerial. They said it was due to work on the transmitter. What is going on? It happens every few minutes!

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